Job Help for Teens

Job & Career Resources from the Boston Public Library

Afterschool and Summer Employment in Boston

  • ABCD SummerWorks, opens a new window – SummerWorks has provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. A CORI* is required to complete your application. Youth must be between the age of 14-21.
  • Artists For Humanity, opens a new window – AFH hires teens to work across 5 different studios: Painting, 3D Design, Graphics, Photography and Video & Motion.
  • Boch Center Wang Theater – Job opportunities for teens interested in using the performing arts (dance, music, or acting) for social change.
  • BCYF Youth Engagement and Employment, opens a new window –  Opportunities for summer and school-year jobs.
  • Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), opens a new window – The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) offers Boston Public School students a variety of ways to work and learn. The PIC organizes the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Campaign and a limited number of school-year internships.
  • Jobs for Teens HQ, opens a new window – This website provides teens with jobs for teens by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.
  • Mayor’s Youth Line, opens a new window – A resource created by Boston teens for teens and their parents.
  • Youth Conservation Corps – Apply to work outdoors as part of team with Boston Natural Areas Network to help parks in Boston.
  • Teen Employment with YMCA , opens a new window– The Y has employment opportunity for teens.
  • Seed Crew, The Food Project - Youth, ages 14-17, can spend their summer outside meeting new people and learning about the food system while earning a paycheck and community service hours in The Food Project's summer internship, Seed Crew. Apply by March 9.
  • Sociedad Latina, opens a new window – Sociedad Latina offers different job opportunity for teens as well as job development programs.
  • SuccessLink - SuccessLink employs Boston's youth at community-based organizations and increases youth and young adults’ professional development across the City.
  • Teen Empowerment -Teen Empowerment's youth-led initiatives engage thousands of youth and adults in community improvement efforts each year and lend youth voices and lived experiences to shape policies that empower young people and achieve equity, opportunity and strong, healthy communities.
  • More Than Words - More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
  • Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) - YOU Boston is a workforce development organization that works with young people, ages 16-24, who are court-involved or gang-affiliated, reentering the community from incarceration, or seeking a refuge from poverty or violence.
  • ICA Teen Arts Council - Teen Arts Council (TAC) is a group of paid teens from the Boston area that serve other teens, focusing on addressing social issues and introducing teens to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) and art in general.
  • Planned Parenthood Get Real Teen Council (GTRC) - The GRTC empowers teenagers to educate their peers, families, and communities about human sexuality and healthy decision making and inspires teens to use their voices to advocate for just and positive sexual attitudes and policies. High school youth are trained by expert PPLM staff to facilitate workshops and trainings for their adolescent peers, health care professionals, and parents.

Volunteer Opportunities to Gain Job Experience

  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Youth Leadership Corps , opens a new window– BARCC’s Youth Leadership Corps, is a great way to learn job experience as well as helping to change your community.
  • Teens in Print, opens a new window – TiP is looking for teens who want to express themselves through writing. Most of the jobs are volunteer opportunities, but some do lead to paid jobs.
  • Teen Life, opens a new window – Volunteer work for high school students can be a life-changing experience and is a great way for students to build their resumes and skill sets Search for Volunteer Programs in Boston today.
  • Volunteer Match, opens a new window – Want to make a difference in your community? Check out Volunteer Match and find a cause that means something to you!
  • BPL Teen Volunteers - Teens (grades 9-12) participating in the Boston Public Library Teen Services Volunteer Program will learn valuable working skills that will transfer to paid jobs later on. Volunteer jobs help to prepare teens to become job ready while working in the library and learning customer service skills and how to interact with a variety of people.
  • Urban Farming Institute - UFI’s mission is to develop and promote urban farming to engage individuals in growing food and building a healthy community.

Resume Writing & Interviewing

Online Resources

*CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information. Many jobs might require applicants to have a police background check done before they can be hired.

Working Papers 

*In the state of Massachusetts, all teens under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job. You can obtain this application, opens a new window through the Superintendent of your school. For more information, check out the Mass.gov, opens a new window webpage on Youth Employment Permit Information.

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